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We may all have dealt with unreasonable expectations to be somehow outstanding. Our parents applaud us for athletic achievements, scientific awards, and participation in a wide range of extracurricular activities. But do you think the parents of the students of the Free Speech Movement expressed pride in the children's accomplishments? Probably not. Even though the students' actions were later seen as monumentally revolutionary, I am sure their parents expressed deep concern for the children’s' safety and academic standing. These concerns are completely valid. The students put a lot at risk, sometimes endangering their own and others' well being for a cause they truly believed in. I am equally sure their parents hoped someone else would do the dirty work. Even further, there are people who believe that young people are not nearly politically involved enough to truly make a difference. This begs the question, if not young, semi-educated adults, who else? Are youth too much of a liability? This is then to remind us of who were the formative minds of past revolutions: Betty Freidan, Martin Luther King Jr, etc. These people created truly outstanding ideas that could have changed the world for the better, but the group who actually set fire to the revolution was the young people. This opinion is one held by a variety of people from various areas of expertise. Author, Cory Doctorow, as represented by his novel, Little Brother, holds the opinion that young people are the crux of political transformation. To some extent, his opinion holds true, but Doctorow downplays the importance of generational collaboration. Young people, in essence, set the stage for future generations.

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